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What Will We Eat?

The Future of Food w/ Carolyn Steel

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Date: 2 November 2022
Time: 20:00 – 21:45
Location: De Fruitvis, Marconistraat 43
Admission: €10,- (regular), €6,- (reduction)
Language: English

From our foraging hunter-gatherer ancestors to the enormous appetites of modern cities, food has shaped our bodies and homes, our politics and trade, and our climate. Whether it’s the daily decision of what to eat, or the monopoly of industrial food production, food touches every part of our world. But by forgetting its value, we have drifted into a way of life that threatens our planet and ourselves. Yet food remains central to addressing the predicaments and opportunities of our urban, digital age. 

Drawing on insights from philosophy, history, architecture, literature, politics and science, as well as stories of the farmers, designers and economists who are remaking our relationship with food, Carolyn Steel offers a provocative and exhilarating vision for change, and how to thrive on our crowded, overheating planet. In her new book Sitopia, Carolyn Steel, author of Hungry City, points the way to a better future.


Carolyn Steel

Carolyn Steel is an architect, academic and writer, and a leading thinker on food and cities. She is the author of the award-winning ‘Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives (2008)’ and ‘Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World (2020)’. Her concept of sitopia, or food-place (from the Greek sitos, food + topos, place) has gained broad recognition across a wide range of fields in design, ecology, academia and the arts.

Geert Maarse

Geert Maarse is a journalist and programme-maker. Having worked for Erasmus University for over five years, he is specialized in connecting scientific research to public debate. He has a background in Business Administration and Cultural Studies. He is the founder and regular host of Studio Erasmus, a monthly science magazine broadcasted by OPEN Rotterdam. He worked on a documentary and published in a number of online and offline media (de Volkskrant, Vers Beton, Erasmus Magazine).

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